Doobl! is a dark and cynical webcomic about a little red guy named Doobl and his friends who are avid Christians. It starts off ideal and cheesy, but quickly slides down the scale after the creator's mother dies and he slowly gets more and more depressed.
As it turns out, the whole thing is a hoax. The newspaper that the "suicide" was reported in (the "Dallas Times"), does not and has never existed. And the Church that the person claimed to be part of doesn't exist either. Someone was enjoying themselves setting the whole things up ...
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Ambiguous Gender: Doobl assumes that Bugu was a girl, but it wasn't until after Humi raped him that it is revealed that Bugu was a guy.
- Big Bad: Doobl himself, after losing faith halfway through, corrupts Humi and goes on a killing spree against the other characters in the comic.
- Big Bad Slippage: Doobl, the protagonist, begins as a goofy guy who loves Jesus. About halfway through, he becomes disillusioned with his faith and slowly becomes more hostile to others, until by the end he has carried out a massacre against everyone.
- Creator Breakdown: The creator's mother dies, and the webcomic slowly becomes darker and darker.
- Easter Egg: Most of the Bible verses in this image◊ have something to do with death.More explanation
- "Everybody Dies" Ending: The comic ends with Doobl having shot every single character dead, then turning the gun on himself.
- Foreshadowing: Doobl looks rather angry and angular. Readers might notice this and realize that, if he were actually the main character of a kid-friendly webcomic, he'd probably look a little more rounded or child-like. In fact, his attitude whenever he's focused on before Scue's hamster dies sounds more and more like he doesn't want to be in the comic.
- Madness Mantra: The "news" for September 6th eventually devolves into repeating "I miss her".
- Misanthrope Supreme: The author eventually becomes one."If I could destroy the world in one fell swoop send all the kittens and butterflies and Jesus followers and Satanists and Islams and Germans and Republicans and Democrtats and Baptists and moonlit nights and swing voters and croissants and station wagons and smog and perfume and rainbows and love and torment I would."
- My God, What Have I Done?: Humi's reaction upon learning he just raped a guy. Not because he is against rape, but because he thought his target was a woman and is not gay.
- Pedophile Priest: It's heavily implied that Jess Hanley was one - if you read the old news, his church accuses him of having inappropriate relations with several young girls in the ministry, and though he denies it it's incredibly obvious that he was one. The clincher is if you read the final comic/obituary◊, where the cut-off text near the bottom has one of the head ministers remark that "[he'd] never seen someone who approached children in quite the same joyous [manner]", and that Jess blamed "drugs, alcohol, and the allure of underaged [girls]".
- Plot-Triggering Death: Jesss mother in reality, Scues hamster in-universe.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Humi initially is as nice as the rest of the cast, but when Doobl corrupts him into losing his faith, he quickly becomes an unrepentant rapist.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Ooxy speaks in rhymes, and is seen in early strips trying to get Neek to do the same, with little success. The only time he doesn't rhyme is shortly before he's killed.
- Significant Anagram: Doobl is an anagram of Blood, which he winds up spilling in the last parts of the comic.
- Straw Nihilist: The author degrades into this."If I could undo everything I would.
And I would replace it with nothing."
- Subverted Kids' Show: It starts off with lighthearted and corny jokes for kids, but quickly fills with expletives and NSFW content.
- T-Word Euphemism: Used by the other characters in response to swears by Doobl and Humi.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Neek tells Doobl animals don't have souls, beginning Doobl's loss of faith.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Humi's reaction to two passages in The Bible contradicting each other:Doobl: Huh. Leviticus 19:20 says that whoring is okay, as long as the woman's a slave.
[...] Humi: Now wait a sec, Lev 19:27 specifically says whoring is bad.
Doobl: So it does.
Humi: Two passages, 7 chapters from each other...
Doobl: It gets worse, dude.
Humi: Who wrote this bullshit?
Doobl: God, apparently.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Neek, who believes Doobl and Humi aren't losing their faith based on seeing them bring their bibles to the park.
- Wham Line:
- The July 24th comic marks the series's turn to a Subverted Kids' Show with the line, "Don't you call me a sinner, you fucking Jew!" Naturally, the other characters react with shock.
- A few strips before it, Neek helps set the event in motion by stating that "Animals don't have souls!"
- And then one more strip brings out the From Bad to Worse trope to its fullest. "I wonder if she can outrun a bullet."